self-empowerment

Yes, You DO Have the Time!

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Dear One,

What’s the reason for putting off those personal goals, dreams, desires, and juicy projects? Those things we would love to do or know we must do?

The number one reason I hear from people (I can be one of those people too) is, “I don’t have time.”

But you know what? I don’t buy it.

A closer look reveals two common themes:

We make our goals too big—so it seems like we don’t have…

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Great Ideas–One Drawer at a Time

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Ever feel stuck? Can’t quite get the project started, or that great idea to emerge? Me too.

Here’s what I do: clean a drawer.

“Is she nuts,” you ask? (Well, yah, but that’s beside the point…)

That’s right, if you need that idea to pop, try cleaning something. De-clutter.

I choose drawers because they’re small, doable in a short period of time, and because, well, I’ve got a lot of “black…

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Are We ALL READY yet?

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Every find yourself putting things off because you don’t feel All Ready?

Like that perfect time will come, your tool kit will be perfectly stocked and organized, your energy and enthusiasm will be robust, and you’ll dive in with the full support of the Universe all around you, humming and whistling as you go?

Me too.

And how does that work for you?

Things rarely happens that way for me. If what…

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When Our Hearts Say, “No,” But Our Mouths Say, “Yes.”

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Have you every caught yourself saying, “yes,” when your body/your heart/ your mind screamed, “no?”

Yah, join the club.

I have enough trouble managing all the good stuff that my heart and mouth actually agree on—so many “yeses!”

What’s the story with the yeses we say but don’t really mean? The yeses that pile up and eventually overwhelm us?

For me, it’s my assumptions about what will happen if…

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Soft, Be Gentle, Be Kind (and start with yourself!)

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We all know how hard it is to get our New Year’s resolutions off the ground. Or harder still—sustain them for the long haul.

Why is that? Why is it so dang hard to create positive change in our lives? Change that we want? Change that we know will lead to better lives?

Maybe we start too big. We’re better at small changes—even the small things lead to big shifts in our lives.

Or maybe our…

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The Dangerous Myth that Self-Care is Selfish

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The Antidote? Self-Love (In Five Simple Steps).

How Caring for Ourselves FIRST is Vital…for Us AND Others

You’ve heard it a million times. Why? Because it is vital:

“In the event of cabin decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your…

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The Upside of Our Uncertain Lives

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“The suspense is killing me.”

“I’m absolutely certain…”

“Because that’s how it’s always been.”

These words roll right off our tongues–unconsciously–because we’re wired and trained to resist uncertainty. Honestly, very little unsettles me more. I’m a bit squeamish about not knowing what happens next.

But we can go to extremes to “know for sure:”

  • By creating stories that just aren’t true.
  • By…

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The Curious Science of Embodiment

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Relieve Anxiety by Zipping In, Not Out

What to do with the gnawing discomfort and prickly, excessive energy of anxiety? My go-to strategies are walks, hard work outs, doing chores, writing, weed pulling, filling the bird feeders… something to engage my body and my whole attention to the task.

This strategy of getting into my body is curiously calming and soothing, and often steers me toward…

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The Genius of Our Anxious Minds

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Reframe Anxiety: How to Use Its Wisdom as a Trusted Guide

How does it make sense to use anxious and genius in the same sentence?

Isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t our anxious minds–you know, the way they churn and burn with worry about what has not yet happened, question everything, and stay on high alert–our downfall? A whopping character flaw? Loss of all control of, well, everything? The enemy…

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Clear Clutter for a More Peaceful and Focused Mind

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Clutter makes me absolutely crazy.

My kids tell me I have OCD. The way I am constantly picking things up, sometimes losing their precious stuff (so why didn’t they just put it away themselves!?).

I find that my organizational frenzies calm my mind. The more clutter in my brain, the more peace I feel when I create harmony in my environment. Sure, it’s my sense of harmony, but that’s what…

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